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FD in the News

Here’s the monthly roundup of regional media coverage on the work of Family Development staff and partners.

SNAP-Ed Cooking Class
Representative Collin C. Peterson’s Newsletter, June 2, 2017

On a Thursday evening in June, Representative Collin C. Peterson’s staff participated in Extension’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Cooking Matters® Minnesota class that was held in Detroit Lakes.

Fresh Approach to Health Education
University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, June 7, 2017

The arrival of summer weather marks a dramatic increase in the variety of produce available in Minnesota. Though classes, demonstrations, and field trips, Extension SNAP-Ed educators like Donald Warneke are helping people of all ages share in the bounty.

No cash? No problem.
Pipestone County Star, June 8, 2017

The Pipestone Farmers Market has introduced a point of sale machine that allows vendors to accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The machine also accepts credit and debit cards as forms of payment. The Pipestone Farmers Market board and Pipestone vendors were able to secure the machine and train volunteers. The effort was in cooperation with the city of Pipestone, the Pipestone Chamber of Commerce, United Community Action, and Extension.

Cooking Matters: U of M Extension SNAP educator is teaching parents how to eat healthier on a budget
Detroit Lakes Online, June 10, 2017

two women slice green onions in a commercial kitchen
Image credit: Detroit Lakes Online.

SNAP-Ed Educator Donna Anderson recently partnered with Mahube-Otwa Community Action Head Start and Zion Lutheran Church to offer a Cooking Matters® Minnesota class in Detroit Lakes. This class is just one of many projects that Donna has undertaken. This spring she won the 2017 Dean's Distinguished Staff Award for Nutrition Education from Extension for her noteworthy project covering multiple counties

Pine River: Barclay Avenue bike lanes idea reintroduced
Pine and Lakes Echo Journal, June 23, 2017

Kim Fisher, Live Healthy Cass County coordinator, and Samantha Barron, SNAP-Ed educator, attended the June 13 Pine River City Council meeting to introduce a bike lane project. The project was inspired, in part, by the Pine River Revitalization program more than four years ago.

Promoting healthy eating: United Community Action Partnership partners with farmers markets
Marshall Independent, June 29, 2017

United Community Action Partnership (UCAP) is collaborating with farmers markets, Extension, and other partners in southwest Minnesota to bring Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and credit and debit card payment options to those markets.
"I froze or canned all my vegetables for the winter like I used to do many years ago," said an EBT customer.
People from many cultures visit farmers markets because vendors have a great variety of produce and other foods to offer the community, said Margaret Palan, UCAP community resource coordinator in Marshall. Extension SNAP-Ed educators offer classes and tours at the Marshall Farmers Market to educate participants on healthy cooking and eating options.

Phillips 50+ Wellness Project: 6,175,139 Steps and Counting
The Alley Newspaper, June 29, 2017

Green-shirt-clad walkers have taken more than 6 million steps toward their goal of 35.2 million steps along the 45th parallel north, which runs through the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis. It’s all part of the “Phillips Round the World Challenge,” an effort of the Phillips Wellness 50+ community group. From 20 to 30 members of the group gather each week to walk, and also track their steps throughout the week. After each walk, the group gathers for conversation, learning, and support. Guest presenters, including Donald Warneke, an Extension SNAP-Ed educator, provide information to help improve health and well-being.

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